What Is a Middle Ear Infection? | Ear Problems


The most common middle ear infection is called
acute suppurative otitis media. This is most common in children, less common
in adults. It is usually due either to a bacteria or
to a viral infection. Oftentimes middle ear infections occur in
association with a generalized upper respiratory tract infection such as a cold or bronchitis. The most common symptom of an ear infection
in an adult or in older child is pain. Younger children can not complain of pain
since many of them can’t speak. Most commonly those children will present
with a fever. If it is felt that a middle ear infection
is due to a bacteria, then antibiotics are used as treatment. If it is felt that a middle ear infection
is caused by a virus, then often only symptomatic treatment is indicated, that is to say, only
a medication to relieve the pain.

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